Thought Leadership Series
Reflecting on the Power of an Open Organization
Businesses today need to organize and run in a way that is counter to the hierarchical structure of the 20th-century model. Because of this, leadership is evolving from command and control/plan and proscribe, to provide context/try, learn, modify. This evolution affects everything -  the way an organization operates to how it motivates its people. Jim talks a lot about this in his book, “The Open Organization.” This discussion will reflect on the power of an open organization.

Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat, Inc.
Faculty: Peter Rodriguez, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management
September 27, 2017
Facilitated Networking 5:30 p.m., Anderson Family Commons
Presentation 6:00 p.m., Shell Auditorium
Reception 7:15 p.m., Anderson Family Commons

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Roundtable Series
Crisis and Reputation Management
Companies with strong reputations gain competitive advantage. However, reputation is not a tangible attribute of a firm, but rather an intangible asset held in the minds of the firm’s constituents. During our discussion, we will explore four contingencies that may lead to counter intuitive conclusions: Having a high reputation may have negative consequences and some negative events can have positive outcomes. These contingencies are stakeholders’ attention and expectations, wrongdoing by competitors, stakeholders’ identification with an organization and type of negative event. 

Anastasiya Zavyalova, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management
October 25, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Presentation
McNair Hall, Room 217

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Elena Marks, President and CEO, Episcopal Health Foundation
January 25, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Presentation and Reception
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Thomas Bacon, Founding Partner, Lionstone Group
Chairman, Houston Parks Board
April 26, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Presentation and Reception